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Lang Lang & the Utah Symphony’s 75th Anniversary


I heard Lang Lang play not one concerto, but two for the Utah Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Gala.  What a performer!  I think he can play pppp and still project to the back of the hall.  He played a Mozart piano concerto and the Grieg piano concerto.  I love attending concerts.  The Grieg concerto had such soothing melodies and I always feel a surge when the strings play passages in unison or at the climactic points!

I was so happy to see that he was greeting people in a reception afterward.  I took him to Temple Square when he was 19 years old and came to play for the Virtuoso Series at Libby Gardner Concert Hall (maybe back in 2000 or 2001).  I helped Becky Durham with marketing, concert production, hospitality (picking up guest artists at the airport), and whatever else she thought of.  I never got a photo and although he remembered coming to Utah to play, I don’t think he remembered me.

Long live Lang Lang!

By gillpianostudio

Barbara Bryner Gill--Whether playing the piano or singing, Barbara has always enjoyed making music. She holds two music degrees from the University of Utah: a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, and a Master of Arts in Musicology. While attending the University of Utah her teachers included Barlow Bradford, Gladys Gladstone Rosenberg, and Vedrana Subotic.

Barbara regularly performs in the community, and has played for weddings, ceremonies, and special events for over a decade. She has been a choir member of the Utah Chamber Artists since 1999 and is also the Librarian and Administrative Assistant. In addition to teaching private piano lessons and musicianship classes, Barbara has been involved in arts administration holding positions such as the Administrative Coordinator for the Maurice Abravanel Visiting Distinguished Composers Series, and the Marketing Assistant for the Virtuoso Series at the University of Utah. Barbara is also involved in the Salt Lake Piano Competition.

An active member of the Utah Music Teachers Association, Barbara is a past president of the Jordan River chapter. She is Nationally Certified through the Music Teachers National Association and received her Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music status in 2015. Her students participate in a variety of performing experiences including the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) festivals. Barbara and her husband have three boys and a girl (named after a concert hall).

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